Documentaries specific to Food Ethics and Animal Slaughter

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Sustainability and Global Meat

  • Soyalism – a 2018 documentary by Stefano Liberti and Enrico Parenti. How China and Western agribusiness are taking over the world's grain and meat industry, while putting small farmers out of business and plundering the environment. Most of this is on Youtube.

Expose of Slaughterhouse conditions, reflections on meat culture, and local effects of intensive pig production

  • Inside a Slaughterhouse Investigative reporter Lisa Ling goes behind the scenes of a slaughterhouse to see how meat is made. A pretty refreshing and low judgement look at a US slaughterhouse. It is rare to get into a US slaughterhouse that handles 450 cattle a day. The reporter is somewhat shocked by what she sees, but Cargill’s representative also makes a statement on behalf of the enterprise. Only 6 minutes. No particularly disturbing images of animal abuse, but images of meat processing. The actual death of the animal is not filmed.
  • Slaughterhouse: What the meat industry hides. 2017 documentary by Aitor Garmendia. From 2015 to 2017, an investigation has been carried out in 58 slaughterhouses across Mexico. Now, this documentary takes us into the hermetic world of the meat industry, where all the cruel secrets that have been kept from the public are uncovered: Animals in slaughterhouses around the world suffer from systematic exploitation and violence. Disturbing images of animal abuse. (The U.S. does import meat, mostly beef, from Mexico.). 39 minutes
  • Dominion - 2018 documentary about the treatment of food animals in industrial production in Australia. Produced by Shaun Monson (Earthlings creator). 110 minutes Disturbing images of animal abuse and mistreatment. On youtube.
  • Spy Drones Expose Smithfield Factory Farms 4:30 minutes Good visuals of a typical Smithfield hog operation and some testimonial from residents and others about odor and illness from living near these pork factories. No disturbing images of animal slaughter or abuse.
  • Infiltrating Florida’s Animal-Slaughter Underworld - Richard Couto has spent millions of dollars of his own money to fight animal cruelty. From a secret South Florida compound, he stages undercover horsemeat buys to bring down illegal slaughterhouses. Police say they’d be happy to work with him — if only he’d follow the rules. 19 minutes Warning: this video contains content that may be distressing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised. Read more about Richard Cuoto's controversial mission to uncover illegal slaughterhouses in Florida.
  • Profit vs. Ethics: Saving livestock from the slaughterhouse (9/21) Report by Christian Gropper and Barbara Struif. With Deutsche Welle 2021. Documents an animal rescue farm for animals that would be destroyed by industrial agriculture, including retired dairy cows. Also, stories of animal farms converted to non-animal farms. 28 minutes. No disturbing images of animal abuse.
  • The Dying Trade not out yet. By Jack Hancock. The director/producer comes on to tell you about his family history of Hancock Butcher shops, now closed. Interesting back story. I found that the editing in trailer made it hard to watch, but you could skip to the middle for the director’s pitch. Meanwhile, Hancock has produced many small videos, some quite humorous, advocating his vegan views. This assignment would involve watching the trailer and sampling some of his short videos, many of which are pretty clever, if not annoying. Plan on 20-40 minutes of viewing.
  • The Last Pig (2017) – by Allison Argo, Joseph Brunette, and David Kennedy. A story from a small scale pig farmer about the level of awareness and sentience in pigs. He gives up pig farming, hence “the last pig”. See me for a copy of this one. 53 minutes